Hotel Eden Roc
What We Love
- Alternating between the Finnish sauna and ice fountain in the sybaritic spa designed by Carlo Rampazzi
- Having space to sprawl: singles and suites aside, rooms are between 325 and 430 square feet
- Supping al fresco on creative cuisine (picture lobster with yuzu and purple curry) at La Brezza
- Tooling around Lake Maggiore in the hotel’s vintage Riva Aquarama or sailing on its 33-foot Saffier
- Knowing that kayaks, SUPS, bikes and even Vespas are free to borrow
What To Know
- Built in 1971 and expanded several times since, it offers lodgings in three buildings, each with a distinctive décor
- Breakfast, minibar beverages, WiFi, parking, train transfers, Ticino public transit and assorted water sports are included
- The pretty umbrella-edged beach is private and sandy but certainly not big by North American standards
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Pet Friendly
- Room Service
Swiss hospitality meets Italian flair (with a dash of Miami Beach funk) at this glamorous resort hotel on Lake Maggiore’s northern shore
The Eden Roc name is synonymous with retro-style Floridian flash: witness designer Carlo Rampazzi’s riotous colors, bold patterns, and funky accents in the main-wing guest rooms or the chic 60s-inspired ones in the newest section, Marina. Many of the other ingredients for a hedonistic holiday are onsite, too: there’s a private beach, three pools, a yacht-filled marina, a stunning full-service spa, and a quartet of waterside restaurants. Nevertheless, the overall vibe is far more la dolce vita than Miami Vice (you’re in the Italian-speaking Ticino region, after all)—think quiet sunbathing, swimming and boating in lieu of any thumping nightclub or poolside DJ. Underscoring its family-friendly philosophy, Eden Roc Ascona also promises free children’s programs in peak season and trained sitters year-round: divided by age group, the former offers the expected supervised activities for kids and teens along with extras like banana-boat rides and, this being Switzerland, etiquette lessons.
In the Area
On the shores of Lake Maggiore, Eden Roc Ascona provides a classic beach experience. Guests tend to stick close by or take advantage of water sports like boating, waterskiing, and wake-boarding. That said, Ascona itself is an Instagrammable resort town that offers a café-lined promenade and plenty of high-end shopping opportunities. Its central piazza is five-minute walk away; alternately, you can borrow a bike or Vespa onsite and buzz into the lovely city of Locarno, where more is in store. The closest golf course is a five-minute drive. Want to explore further afield? Eden Roc’s helicopter, limo, and charter boat services can take you there.
How to Get There
My wife and I spent 3 nights at the Eden Roc in mid-July. The Lake and setting simply can't get anymore picturesque. The little village of Ascona looks like a fairytale.
We absolutely loved the hotel.
First things first, the concierge desk really made our trip. Roberto and Rafael were a wealth of knowledge and guided us multiple times a day. Thank you both! Roberto even mailed me my lost hat in the US two days after I emailed asking if they had found it. Amazing. Thank you again!
The Eden Roc is the epitome of world class service and peaceful vibe. Not to mention the property is one of a kind. The grounds flow right up to the water's edge unlike any other property on the late. Everything onsite was impeccable and there was tons of room to relax on the grounds. Lots of places to sit and read and no mad rush to get a lounge chair every morning.
The hotel has three towers of different styles. We prefer the style and layout of the rooms in the main tower, even though they are a bit smaller.
Lake Como gets all the attention, but you owe it to yourself to check out the Eden Roc on Lake Maggiore.
This hotel has the most fantastic lake views from most of its suites. Absolutely beautiful! The breakfast buffet was sumptuous and you could order omelettes through the waiters. The water sports was adequate.
With ascona so close by , lake Maggiore and perfect village - there’s no need to Stay in Locarno
Eden roc a very privileged oasis although the Michelin star restaurant and their lakeside restaurant cooking fresh fish in front of you both notable and worth a reservation even if not staying